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Africa and Europe announce their 2018 Competition Calendar

Triathlon News - Mon, 16/10/2017 - 16:33
For the European Triathlon Union (ETU), the season will start with the Winter Triathlon European Championships, to be held in Catania (Italy) on the 12 of February. And ahead, the European triathletes will have a busy season, with 13 European Championships along the season, from the Elite one in Glasgow in August to the Sprint distance one in Tartu (Estonia) in July or the U23 in the city of Eilat, in Israel, in October. The ETU Multisport Championships Festival will take place at the end of October, where the Cross Triathlon and Duathlon titles will be decided, along with the Standard and Sprint Duathlon titles (Standard Distance for Elite, U23 and AG and Sprint Distance for Juniors, Para and AG), Aquathlon and Middle Distance titles. There will also be a chance to play with the new format of Aquabike. No titles, just a demonstration event. A whole week of events and the best excuse ever to go to Ibiza (Spain) in October. The backbone of the annual racing calendar for European athletes is the series of European Cup events that will reach in 2018 all corners of the Old Continent. With the season starting once again in Gran Canaria (Spain), in early March, ETU can offer a full programme of events that will attract the best European athletes to the 21 European Cups on dispute this season. New additions as Olsztyn in Poland, or classic ones such as Tiszjauvaros or Alanya, will welcome athletes from all Europe for the European Cups and the Junior European Cups, and the finale in 2018 will be hosted in Huelva (Spain). Click here for the full ETU calendar African triathletes will head to Rabat, in Morocco, in April for the ATU Triathlon African Championships, which will host also the Mixed Relays Championship as well as the Paratriathlon event, while the Duathlon Long Distance Championship will be in Luxor (Egypt) in October. In the 2018 season, the African Cup will be comprised of 10 events, all around the African continent, starting in Zimbabwe in February and finishing in Dakar (Senegal) in December, with stops in Rwanda, South Africa, Egypt, Tunisia, Namibia, and Morocco. Click here for the full ATU calendar  

Andrew Lewis ends Paratriathlon season in style in Sarasota

Triathlon News - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:21
The ITU Sarasota Paratriathlon World Cup might have been a triathlon turned duathlon, but it didn’t stop Great Britain’s Andrew Lewis from ending his season in style. High levels of algae in the water at Nathan Benderson Park, FL, USA, meant the final Para World Cup of the season was contested over the duathlon format of a 2.5km run, 18km bike and a 5km run. But, despite the change in course and stifling heat, the British Paratriathlete was still able to continue his dominance in the PTS2 category. Trialling a new blade and bike set-up in Sarasota, Lewis proved too quick for the rest of the field, completing the course in a time of 1:11:50, to claim his fourth win of 2017. The European, world and Paralympic champion held off a strong American challenge, with the USA’s Allan Armstrong (1:13:01) and Adam Popp (1:16:08) finishing second and third respectively. In the women’s PTS2 race, Paralympic bronze medallist Melissa Stockwell (1:46:20) took silver in her first international event since giving birth in August as Japan’s Yukako Hata secured the victory in a time of 1:33:45. Germany’s Benjamin Lenatz (58:19) was victorious in the men’s PTWC race, pulling away from the rest of the field on the 2.5km run. Australia’s Alex Welsh cut the deficit on the bike, before Lenatz finished strongly to win by over two and half minutes. Welsh (1:00:54) was next to cross the line to claim the silver medal, followed by Italy’s Pier Alberto Buccoliero (1:04:07), who completed the podium. Sixteen-year-old Ahalya Lettenberger continued her impressive start to her Paratriathlon career as she beat Mexico’s Brenda Osnaya Alvarez in a thrilling head-to-head battle in the women’s PTWC event. Lettenberger passed Alvarez on the final run to win by 31 seconds in a time of 1:19:15. Her win marked the US Paratriathlete’s first podium in international competition after finishing fourth at the World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, last month. Austria’s Oliver Dreier celebrated the win in the men’s PTS4 race, but there was just 21 seconds separating the top four Paratriathletes heading into transition one. Dreier pulled away on the bike, before extending his advantage on the final 5km run to win in a time of 1:05:05. The silver medal went to Ireland’s Tojo Lazzari (1:06:47) and bronze went to Denmark’s Hávard Vatnhamar (1:09:23). Mexico’s Jose Abraham Estrada Sierra (1:05:55) claimed his first international win of his career in the...

Rodrigo Gonzalez claims debut Sarasota World Cup title

Triathlon News - Mon, 09/10/2017 - 00:40
The first-ever 2017 Sarasota ITU World Cup champion was crowned to Mexico’s Rodrigo Gonzalez after he masterfully conquered the debut course. Despite having to serve a penalty, Gonzalez still managed to come out on top to secure his second world cup win and third world cup podium of the 2017 season. “It was a pretty tough week, I raced last weekend in Weihai and then was stuck in the Beijing airport, lost my bike in Dallas, got stuck in immigration for two hours and missed the briefing so I got the penalty. But I knew all of those things would make me stronger, so I am very glad I was able to use all of that. In my head I thought, this is just another thing I have to go through and I just am so happy that I was able to have a good race today,” said Gonzalez of his victory. Taking the silver medal was Marten Van Riel (BEL) who outfought USA’s own Kevin McDowell in the final moments of the race to come second. McDowell then, collected the bronze. “I am very very happy to take the silver medal here. I didn’t expect it because the swim is one of my strong points and losing that in this race was a bummer for me. But I am just so happy for the second place,” Van Riel said of getting on the podium. With temperatures rising throughout the afternoon, a decision was made prior to the race that shortened the race to a sprint-distance course. In addition to the change in the race format, days earlier that put the original triathlon to a duathlon, which meant that the elite men would be completing a 2.5-kilometre run, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run. So, the field lined up to start the first run leg. Right off the bat Mexicans Crisanto Grajales and Gonzalez pushed the pace and became the early frontrunners in the first 2.5 kilometres. However, the extra effort came with the fact that both Grajales and Gonzalez entered the race knowing that they had to serve a 10-second penalty for missing the race briefing on Thursday. Therefore, the strategy came into effect and they finished the first leg and served the penalty while still putting themselves in good positions heading onto the bike. The rest of the roster was not far behind and it only took halfway through the first bike lap before the majority of the start list had formed a long train as the lead bike pack. USA’s Ben Kanute led the charge and kept the pace up. However, with only a short three-lap bike course, no breakaways happened, which meant that the second transition would be a busy one and...

Rodrigo Gonzalez claims debut Sarasota World Cup title

Triathlon News - Mon, 09/10/2017 - 00:40
The first-ever 2017 Sarasota ITU World Cup champion was crowned to Mexico’s Rodrigo Gonzalez after he masterfully conquered the debut course. Despite having to serve a penalty, Gonzalez still managed to come out on top to secure his second world cup win and third world cup podium of the 2017 season. “It was a pretty tough week, I raced last weekend in Weihai and then was stuck in the Beijing airport, lost my bike in Dallas, got stuck in immigration for two hours and missed the briefing so I got the penalty. But I knew all of those things would make me stronger, so I am very glad I was able to use all of that. In my head I thought, this is just another thing I have to go through and I just am so happy that I was able to have a good race today,” said Gonzalez of his victory. Taking the silver medal was Marten Van Riel (BEL) who outfought USA’s own Kevin McDowell in the final moments of the race to come second. McDowell then collected the bronze. “I am very very happy to take the silver medal here. I didn’t expect it because the swim is one of my strong points and losing that in this race was a bummer for me. But I am just so happy for the second place,” Van Riel said of getting on the podium. With temperatures rising throughout the afternoon, a decision was made prior to the race that shortened the race to a sprint-distance course. In addition to the change in the race format, days earlier that put the original triathlon to a duathlon, which meant that the elite men would be completing a 2.5-kilometre run, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run. So, the field lined up to start the first run leg. Right off the bat Mexicans Crisanto Grajales and Gonzalez pushed the pace and became the early frontrunners in the first 2.5 kilometres. However, the extra effort came with the fact that both Grajales and Gonzalez entered the race knowing that they had to serve a 10-second penalty for missing the race briefing on Thursday. Therefore, the strategy came into effect and they finished the first leg and served the penalty while still putting themselves in good positions heading onto the bike. The rest of the roster was not far behind and it only took halfway through the first bike lap before the majority of the start list had formed a long train as the lead bike pack. USA’s Ben Kanute led the charge and kept the pace up. However, with only a short three-lap bike course, no breakaways happened, which meant that the second transition would be a busy one and...

Rodrigo Gonzalez claims debut Sarasota World Cup title

Triathlon News - Mon, 09/10/2017 - 00:39
The first-ever 2017 Sarasota ITU World Cup champion was crowned to Mexico’s Rodrigo Gonzalez after he masterfully conquered the debut course. Despite having to serve a penalty, Gonzalez still managed to come out on top to secure his second world cup win and third world cup podium of the 2017 season. “It was a pretty tough week, I raced last weekend in Weihai and then was stuck in the Beijing airport, lost my bike in Dallas, got stuck in immigration for two hours and missed the briefing so I got the penalty. But I knew all of those things would make me stronger, so I am very glad I was able to use all of that. In my head I thought, this is just another thing I have to go through and I just am so happy that I was able to have a good race today,” said Gonzalez of his victory. Taking the silver medal was Marten Van Riel (BEL) who outfought USA’s own Kevin McDowell in the final moments of the race to come second. McDowell then collected the bronze. “I am very very happy to take the silver medal here. I didn’t expect it because the swim is one of my strong points and losing that in this race was a bummer for me. But I am just so happy for the second place,” Van Riel said of getting on the podium. With temperatures rising throughout the afternoon, a decision was made prior to the race that shortened the race to a sprint-distance course. In addition to the change in the race format, days earlier that put the original triathlon to a duathlon, which meant that the elite men would be completing a 2.5-kilometre run, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run. So, the field lined up to start the first run leg. Right off the bat Mexicans Crisanto Grajales and Gonzalez pushed the pace and became the early frontrunners in the first 2.5 kilometres. However, the extra effort came with the fact that both Grajales and Gonzalez entered the race knowing that they had to serve a 10-second penalty for missing the race briefing on Thursday. Therefore, the strategy came into effect and they finished the first leg and served the penalty while still putting themselves in good positions heading onto the bike. The rest of the roster was not far behind and it only took halfway through the first bike lap before the majority of the start list had formed a long train as the lead bike pack. USA’s Ben Kanute led the charge and kept the pace up. However, with only a short three-lap bike course, no breakaways happened, which meant that the second transition would be a busy one and...

Rodrigo Gonzalez claims debut Sarasota World Cup title

Triathlon News - Mon, 09/10/2017 - 00:39
The first-ever 2017 Sarasota ITU World Cup champion was crowned to Mexico’s Rodrigo Gonzalez after he masterfully conquered the debut course. Despite having to serve a penalty, Gonzalez still managed to come out on top to secure his second world cup win and third world cup podium of the 2017 season. “It was a pretty tough week, I raced last weekend in Weihai and then was stuck in the Beijing airport, lost my bike in Dallas, got stuck in immigration for two hours and missed the briefing so I got the penalty. But I knew all of those things would make me stronger, so I am very glad I was able to use all of that. In my head I thought, this is just another thing I have to go through and I just am so happy that I was able to have a good race today,” said Gonzalez of his victory. Taking the silver medal was Marten Van Riel (BEL) who outfought USA’s own Kevin McDowell in the final moments of the race to come second. McDowell then collected the bronze. “I am very very happy to take the silver medal here. I didn’t expect it because the swim is one of my strong points and losing that in this race was a bummer for me. But I am just so happy for the second place,” Van Riel said of getting on the podium. With temperatures rising throughout the afternoon, a decision was made prior to the race that shortened the race to a sprint-distance course. In addition to the change in the race format, days earlier that put the original triathlon to a duathlon, which meant that the elite men would be completing a 2.5-kilometre run, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run. So, the field lined up to start the first run leg. Right off the bat Mexicans Crisanto Grajales and Gonzalez pushed the pace and became the early frontrunners in the first 2.5 kilometres. However, the extra effort came with the fact that both Grajales and Gonzalez entered the race knowing that they had to serve a 10-second penalty for missing the race briefing on Thursday. Therefore, the strategy came into effect and they finished the first leg and served the penalty while still putting themselves in good positions heading onto the bike. The rest of the roster was not far behind and it only took halfway through the first bike lap before the majority of the start list had formed a long train as the lead bike pack. USA’s Ben Kanute led the charge and kept the pace up. However, with only a short three-lap bike course, no breakaways happened, which meant that the second transition would be a busy one and...

Rodrigo Gonzalez claims debut Sarasota World Cup title

Triathlon News - Mon, 09/10/2017 - 00:39
The first-ever 2017 Sarasota ITU World Cup champion was crowned to Mexico’s Rodrigo Gonzalez after he masterfully conquered the debut course. Despite having to serve a penalty, Gonzalez still managed to come out on top to secure his second world cup win and third world cup podium of the 2017 season. “It was a pretty tough week, I raced last weekend in Weihai and then was stuck in the Beijing airport, lost my bike in Dallas, got stuck in immigration for two hours and missed the briefing so I got the penalty. But I knew all of those things would make me stronger, so I am very glad I was able to use all of that. In my head I thought, this is just another thing I have to go through and I just am so happy that I was able to have a good race today,” said Gonzalez of his victory. Taking the silver medal was Marten Van Riel (BEL) who outfought USA’s own Kevin McDowell in the final moments of the race to come second. McDowell then collected the bronze. “I am very very happy to take the silver medal here. I didn’t expect it because the swim is one of my strong points and losing that in this race was a bummer for me. But I am just so happy for the second place,” Van Riel said of getting on the podium. With temperatures rising throughout the afternoon, a decision was made prior to the race that shortened the race to a sprint-distance course. In addition to the change in the race format, days earlier that put the original triathlon to a duathlon, which meant that the elite men would be completing a 2.5-kilometre run, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run. So, the field lined up to start the first run leg. Right off the bat Mexicans Crisanto Grajales and Gonzalez pushed the pace and became the early frontrunners in the first 2.5 kilometres. However, the extra effort came with the fact that both Grajales and Gonzalez entered the race knowing that they had to serve a 10-second penalty for missing the race briefing on Thursday. Therefore, the strategy came into effect and they finished the first leg and served the penalty while still putting themselves in good positions heading onto the bike. The rest of the roster was not far behind and it only took halfway through the first bike lap before the majority of the start list had formed a long train as the lead bike pack. USA’s Ben Kanute led the charge and kept the pace up. However, with only a short three-lap bike course, no breakaways happened, which meant that the second transition would be a busy one and...

Juri Ide returns to top of world cup podium with win in Sarasota

Triathlon News - Sun, 08/10/2017 - 00:31
It was a day of overcoming physical challenges as Japan’s Juri Ide conquered hot conditions to claim her first gold medal of the season at the 2017 Sarasota ITU World Cup. Ide had the strongest performance on the day, beating out the competition by almost a minute, which brought her back to the world cup podium as it was her first world cup victory since 2011. “Today was a very very hot and very very hard day, but I got my gold medal so I am very happy,” said Ide of her win. She went on to explain of the challenges she has faced this year, “I have been hurt many times. This year I also broke my finger in WTS Gold Coast and was in a bike accident in WTS Hamburg. However, I still love triathlon. I realized it is important to practice without giving up, so from now on I will try to do my best in the sport. With the incident that happened in Las Vegas, the earthquake in Mexico and the hurricane damages in the U.S., thank you for organising the race through all the serious and terrible problems.” Placing second was USA’s own Chelsea Sodaro, who made it onto her first world cup podium of her career, a great feat for the young athlete as it was also her first season competing at the ITU level. Taking the bronze medal was Julia Hauser (AUT), who with the third-place result also stepped onto her first world cup podium in her career. The debut race was welcomed with heat and humidity, that meant for some challenging conditions on the day. A couple days earlier the event was changed to a duathlon format due to over-forming amounts of green algae in the water, which meant the swim had to be canceled. The new course then featured a multisport run-bike-run format with distances of a 5-kilometre run, 40-kilometre bike, and a 10-kilometre run. All lined up, the field started out for a one-lap 5k around the Nathan Benderson Park. Coming into the first transition Sodaro was leading with a marginal advantage, but heading out onto the bike with a larger chase pack behind her she was not going to do the full 40-kilometres on a solo ride. So as the chase pack caught her on the first lap, the new leaders were formed. On the second lap the lead pack contained ten women, which included: Ide, Sodaro, Hauser, Katie Zaferes (USA), Dominika Jamnicky (CAN), Amelie Kretz (CAN), Taylor Spivey (USA), Chelsea Burns (USA), Adriana Barraza (MEX) and Maaike Caelers (NED). The frontrunners continued to gain time lap after lap over the chase group and as they entered the...

Juri Ide returns to top of world cup podium with win in Sarasota

Triathlon News - Sun, 08/10/2017 - 00:31
It was a day of overcoming physical challenges as Japan’s Juri Ide conquered hot conditions to claim her first gold medal of the season at the 2017 Sarasota ITU World Cup. Ide had the strongest performance on the day, beating out the competition by almost a minute, which brought her back to the world cup podium as it was her first world cup victory since 2011. “Today was a very very hot and very very hard day, but I got my gold medal so I am very happy,” said Ide of her win. She went on to explain of the challenges she has faced this year, “I have been hurt many times. This year I also broke my finger in WTS Gold Coast and was in a bike accident in WTS Hamburg. However, I still love triathlon. I realized it is important to practice without giving up, so from now on I will try to do my best in the sport. With the incident that happened in Las Vegas, the earthquake in Mexico and the hurricane damages in the U.S., thank you for organising the race through all the serious and terrible problems.” Placing second was USA’s own Chelsea Sodaro, who made it onto her first world cup podium of her career, a great feat for the young athlete as it was also her first season competing at the ITU level. Taking the bronze medal was Julia Hauser (AUT), who with the third-place result also stepped onto her first world cup podium in her career. The debut race was welcomed with heat and humidity, that meant for some challenging conditions on the day. A couple days earlier the event was changed to a duathlon format due to over-forming amounts of green algae in the water, which meant the swim had to be canceled. The new course then featured a multisport run-bike-run format with distances of a 5-kilometre run, 40-kilometre bike, and a 10-kilometre run. All lined up, the field started out for a one-lap 5k around the Nathan Benderson Park. Coming into the first transition Sodaro was leading with a marginal advantage, but heading out onto the bike with a larger chase pack behind her she was not going to do the full 40-kilometres on a solo ride. So as the chase pack caught her on the first lap, the new leaders were formed. On the second lap the lead pack contained ten women, which included: Ide, Sodaro, Hauser, Katie Zaferes (USA), Dominika Jamnicky (CAN), Amelie Kretz (CAN), Taylor Spivey (USA), Chelsea Burns (USA), Adriana Barraza (MEX) and Maaike Caelers (NED). The frontrunners continued to gain time lap after lap over the chase group and as they entered the...

Juri Ide returns to top of world cup podium with win in Sarasota

Triathlon News - Sun, 08/10/2017 - 00:31
It was a day of overcoming physical challenges as Japan’s Juri Ide conquered hot conditions to claim her first gold medal of the season at the 2017 Sarasota ITU World Cup. Ide had the strongest performance on the day, beating out the competition by almost a minute, which brought her back to the world cup podium as it was her first world cup victory since 2011. “Today was a very very hot and very very hard day, but I got my gold medal so I am very happy,” said Ide of her win. She went on to explain of the challenges she has faced this year, “I have been hurt many times. This year I also broke my finger in WTS Gold Coast and was in a bike accident in WTS Hamburg. However, I still love triathlon. I realized it is important to practice without giving up, so from now on I will try to do my best in the sport. With the incident that happened in Las Vegas, the earthquake in Mexico and the hurricane damages in the U.S., thank you for organising the race through all the serious and terrible problems.” Placing second was USA’s own Chelsea Sodaro, who made it onto her first world cup podium of her career, a great feat for the young athlete as it was also her first season competing at the ITU level. Taking the bronze medal was Julia Hauser (AUT), who with the third-place result also stepped onto her first world cup podium in her career. The debut race was welcomed with heat and humidity, that meant for some challenging conditions on the day. A couple days earlier the event was changed to a duathlon format due to over-forming amounts of green algae in the water, which meant the swim had to be canceled. The new course then featured a multisport run-bike-run format with distances of a 5-kilometre run, 40-kilometre bike, and a 10-kilometre run. All lined up, the field started out for a one-lap 5k around the Nathan Benderson Park. Coming into the first transition Sodaro was leading with a marginal advantage, but heading out onto the bike with a larger chase pack behind her she was not going to do the full 40-kilometres on a solo ride. So as the chase pack caught her on the first lap, the new leaders were formed. On the second lap the lead pack contained ten women, which included: Ide, Sodaro, Hauser, Katie Zaferes (USA), Dominika Jamnicky (CAN), Amelie Kretz (CAN), Taylor Spivey (USA), Chelsea Burns (USA), Adriana Barraza (MEX) and Maaike Caelers (NED). The frontrunners continued to gain time lap after lap over the chase group and as they entered the...

Athlete chatter ahead of #SarasotaWC

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/10/2017 - 20:10
It has been about seven years since the ITU World Cup series has been hosted in the United States, so as the 2017 Sarasota ITU Triathlon World Cup and 2017 Sarasota ITU Paratriathlon World Cup are about to kick off this Saturday, some of the athletes gathered to share their thoughts on the upcoming event. USA’s own Katie Zaferes and Ben Kanute, along with Dominika Jamnicky (CAN) and Great Britain’s Andrew Lewis of paratriathlon came together to chat about #SarasotaWC, so take a look at what they had to say: Zaferes When I raced here in 2013, I am pretty sure it was one of the first races here so when I arrived for this weekend’s race it looked completely different, there wasn’t even a road on the other side of the lake. So it is pretty amazing to see how much has been developed, it is just amazing the venue and I am just excited to race the course. Kanute This is my fourth weekend of racing in five weeks. I have done everything from super sprint at Super League to half ironman distance in Chattanooga and the Olympic distance at the Rotterdam Grand Final, so I am super excited to finish off this block of racing here in Sarasota with a world cup that doubles up as the National Championship. I think this is a good way to cap off a good racing block. I think everyone in the triathlon community knows how I race, which is just fast from the beginning. My strengths are the swim and the bike. The field this weekend is looking like it is really strong in the bike, so I think you can expect some fast racing. Like Dominika (Jamnicky) said it is going to be a fast bike without there being any corners and being relatively flat; hopefully it splits up the pace a little bit. Jamnicky This will be my fifth time racing at the Nathan Benderson Park, so you could say that I know this course like the back of my hand. It is a really good venue, but it is highly exposed. So, it is not very technical in terms of biking, but with the winds it can create some gaps on the bike. It is in favour of my strong cycling. It is a very good course, it is flat and fast. I am ready to have a good time this Saturday. Lewis For me I used to come to Florida as a kid with my Mom and Father and go to the parks and things. I have been back once since then with my own family with my own two kids, to the parks. So when I had seen after the season, about June time a serious accident, I thought my career was going to be over, let alone my season. But the GBR guys really picked me back up with...

Athlete chatter ahead of #SarasotaWC

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/10/2017 - 20:10
It has been about seven years since the ITU World Cup series has been hosted in the United States, so as the 2017 Sarasota ITU Triathlon World Cup and 2017 Sarasota ITU Paratriathlon World Cup are about to kick off this Saturday, some of the athletes gathered to share their thoughts on the upcoming event. USA’s own Katie Zaferes and Ben Kanute, along with Dominika Jamnicky (CAN) and Great Britain’s Andrew Lewis of paratriathlon came together to chat about #SarasotaWC, so take a look at what they had to say: Zaferes When I raced here in 2013, I am pretty sure it was one of the first races here so when I arrived for this weekend’s race it looked completely different, there wasn’t even a road on the other side of the lake. So it is pretty amazing to see how much has been developed, it is just amazing the venue and I am just excited to race the course. Kanute This is my fourth weekend of racing in five weeks. I have done everything from super sprint at Super League to half ironman distance in Chattanooga and the Olympic distance at the Rotterdam Grand Final, so I am super excited to finish off this block of racing here in Sarasota with a world cup that doubles up as the National Championship. I think this is a good way to cap off a good racing block. I think everyone in the triathlon community knows how I race, which is just fast from the beginning. My strengths are the swim and the bike. The field this weekend is looking like it is really strong in the bike, so I think you can expect some fast racing. Like Dominika (Jamnicky) said it is going to be a fast bike without there being any corners and being relatively flat; hopefully it splits up the pace a little bit. Jamnicky This will be my fifth time racing at the Nathan Benderson Park, so you could say that I know this course like the back of my hand. It is a really good venue, but it is highly exposed. So, it is not very technical in terms of biking, but with the winds it can create some gaps on the bike. It is in favour of my strong cycling. It is a very good course, it is flat and fast. I am ready to have a good time this Saturday. Lewis For me I used to come to Florida as a kid with my Mom and Father and go to the parks and things. I have been back once since then with my own family with my own two kids, to the parks. So when I had seen after the season, about June time a serious accident, I thought my career was going to be over, let alone my season. But the GBR guys really picked me back up with...

Pressure off for Andy Lewis in season finale of the Paratriathlon World Cups

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/10/2017 - 17:03
Despite already holding the world, European and Paralympic titles, Great Britain’s Andrew Lewis still wants to finish the season strong at the ITU Sarasota Paratriathlon World Cup on Sunday (8 October) in the USA. He is coming off a victory in the men’s PTS2 at the Paratriathlon World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in September. But winning back-to-back world titles was unexpected, especially less than three months after sustaining serious injuries in a cycling crash in June. “Going into the Worlds, I was very nervous. I had to take six weeks off training because of the crash,” Lewis said. “I was doing 45kph downhill when a dog ran across the road and took me out. I badly damaged my shoulder, tore my ACL [anterior cruciate ligament] and had to have 15 stitches in my hip and seven in my knee.” Despite the setback, Lewis retained his PTS2 world title in Rotterdam, finishing more than a minute ahead of the USA’s silver medallist Mark Barr. “But it all seemed to slot together,” Lewis added. “I was battling on the bike with Mark Barr and Stephane Bahier and really had to make sure I got into transition at the same time or before them to be able to deliver on the run.” After Rotterdam, Lewis did not take any time off and but is not stressed about Sunday’s race. “This is a non-pressurised race for me; I’m not really looking for any super results,” Lewis said. “I’m going to try a non-wetsuit swim for the first time, a new bike set-up and a different blade so I’m really using it as a trial.” Lewis is looking forward to facing new competition in the PTS2 category in Sarasota, with the USA trio of Adam Popp, Allan Armstrong and Maikol Monsalve joining Lewis on the start line. His biggest rival in Barr will not be in Sarasota. A win on Sunday would top off a strong season for Lewis. His accomplishments in the sport are particularly impressive, considering he did not even know the order of the swim, bike and run legs before taking up the sport four years ago. “My career so far has been short, but a very steep learning curve,” Lewis said. “I laughed when I was first approached to try triathlon as I didn’t even know what order it happened in. People around me always told me that I had the talent to go far, but I never believed it myself.” US women set to dominate US Para triathlete Melissa Stockwell will also compete in an international event for the first time since winning bronze in Rio in the...

Pressure off for Andy Lewis in season finale of the Paratriathlon World Cups

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/10/2017 - 17:03
Despite already holding the world, European and Paralympic titles, Great Britain’s Andrew Lewis still wants to finish the season strong at the ITU Sarasota Paratriathlon World Cup on Sunday (8 October) in the USA. He is coming off a victory in the men’s PTS2 at the Paratriathlon World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in September. But winning back-to-back world titles was unexpected, especially less than three months after sustaining serious injuries in a cycling crash in June. “Going into the Worlds, I was very nervous. I had to take six weeks off training because of the crash,” Lewis said. “I was doing 45kph downhill when a dog ran across the road and took me out. I badly damaged my shoulder, tore my ACL [anterior cruciate ligament] and had to have 15 stitches in my hip and seven in my knee.” Despite the setback, Lewis retained his PTS2 world title in Rotterdam, finishing more than a minute ahead of the USA’s silver medallist Mark Barr. “But it all seemed to slot together,” Lewis added. “I was battling on the bike with Mark Barr and Stephane Bahier and really had to make sure I got into transition at the same time or before them to be able to deliver on the run.” After Rotterdam, Lewis did not take any time off and but is not stressed about Sunday’s race. “This is a non-pressurised race for me; I’m not really looking for any super results,” Lewis said. “I’m going to try a non-wetsuit swim for the first time, a new bike set-up and a different blade so I’m really using it as a trial.” Lewis is looking forward to facing new competition in the PTS2 category in Sarasota, with the USA trio of Adam Popp, Allan Armstrong and Maikol Monsalve joining Lewis on the start line. His biggest rival in Barr will not be in Sarasota. A win on Sunday would top off a strong season for Lewis. His accomplishments in the sport are particularly impressive, considering he did not even know the order of the swim, bike and run legs before taking up the sport four years ago. “My career so far has been short, but a very steep learning curve,” Lewis said. “I laughed when I was first approached to try triathlon as I didn’t even know what order it happened in. People around me always told me that I had the talent to go far, but I never believed it myself.” US women set to dominate US Para triathlete Melissa Stockwell will also compete in an international event for the first time since winning bronze in Rio in the...

Buenos Aires celebrates 1 year to go to the Youth Olympic Games

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/10/2017 - 10:22
The setting up of the Olympic rings at the downtown obelisk of the Argentine capital city marked the beginning of the final countdown for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, a multi-sports celebration that will gather almost 4000 elite athletes from 206 countries on October 6-18 next year and that will showcase, as in the two previous editions, elite triathlon races for Men and Women, as well as a Mixed Relays competition. “We are absolutely delighted to have, once again, three triathlon events in the Youth Olympic Games. For us, who are always focused on developing our sport and identifying new talents across the world, having top class events as the Youth Olympic Games is the perfect opportunity not only to show our sport and our athletes to the world but also to give our young and talented stars an opportunity to shine worldwide. I am confident that Buenos Aires 2018 will be an excellent event and the athletes, the organization and the atmosphere that we will all experience in Argentina next year will be fantastic”, said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. “We are very proud that Argentina will receive almost 4000 athletes, their families, and their companions. We will be the center of attention of the world during those two weeks”, added Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of Buenos Aires. On August 6 next year, the Obelisk will also be part of the opening ceremony of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, that will be the first of its kind to be held outdoors. Following the idea of making the Games inclusive, the 32 disciplines included in Buenos Aires 2018 sports program will be distributed between four parks around the city: the Youth Olympic Park (in the south), the Green Park (on the north), the Urban Park (on the east) and Tecnópolis Park (on the west). A total of 64 triathletes, all born between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2002, will compete in the triathlon races in the Youth Olympic Games. Buenos Aires 2018 will be the first Olympic event to have the same number of male and female athletes, fostering gender equality, as ITU has been doing since its early stages as an International Federation. Therefore, 32 Women and 32 Men will compete in the streets of Buenos Aires. For the Mixed Relays race, Continental teams of four athletes -two male, two female- will be formed, according to the athletes’ finishing position in the individual event. The first team will be composed of the first two men and first two women from...

Buenos Aires celebrates 1 year to go to the Youth Olympic Games

Triathlon News - Fri, 06/10/2017 - 10:22
The setting up of the Olympic rings at the downtown obelisk of the Argentine capital city marked the beginning of the final countdown for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, a multi-sports celebration that will gather almost 4000 elite athletes from 206 countries on October 6-18 next year and that will showcase, as in the two previous editions, elite triathlon races for Men and Women, as well as a Mixed Relays competition. “We are absolutely delighted to have, once again, three triathlon events in the Youth Olympic Games. For us, who are always focused on developing our sport and identifying new talents across the world, having top class events as the Youth Olympic Games is the perfect opportunity not only to show our sport and our athletes to the world but also to give our young and talented stars an opportunity to shine worldwide. I am confident that Buenos Aires 2018 will be an excellent event and the athletes, the organization and the atmosphere that we will all experience in Argentina next year will be fantastic”, said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. “We are very proud that Argentina will receive almost 4000 athletes, their families, and their companions. We will be the center of attention of the world during those two weeks”, added Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of Buenos Aires. On August 6 next year, the Obelisk will also be part of the opening ceremony of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, that will be the first of its kind to be held outdoors. Following the idea of making the Games inclusive, the 32 disciplines included in Buenos Aires 2018 sports program will be distributed between four parks around the city: the Youth Olympic Park (in the south), the Green Park (on the north), the Urban Park (on the east) and Tecnópolis Park (on the west). A total of 64 triathletes, all born between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2002, will compete in the triathlon races in the Youth Olympic Games. Buenos Aires 2018 will be the first Olympic event to have the same number of male and female athletes, fostering gender equality, as ITU has been doing since its early stages as an International Federation. Therefore, 32 Women and 32 Men will compete in the streets of Buenos Aires. For the Mixed Relays race, Continental teams of four athletes -two male, two female- will be formed, according to the athletes’ finishing position in the individual event. The first team will be composed of the first two men and first two women from...

Kalmar, ready to host the FISU World University Triathlon Championship

Triathlon News - Thu, 05/10/2017 - 13:41
Everything is ready in the Swedish city of Kalmar to host the 2018 FISU World University Triathlon Championship next September. FISU and triathlon officials visited the city and the course this week, in order to have all checked well in advance. Kalmar is a beautiful coastal city surrounded by water and situated in the south-east of Sweden. The race will be disputed on September 1, in a Sprint format, and it will offer a city-integrated course which is flat and technical. It will include a 750-meter long swim course in the canal, a 20-kilometer long bike course and a 5 kilometer long running course. The race goes through the historical town of Kalmar, offering plenty of challenges for the athletes and a great way for the spectators to experience triathlon. The first day was dedicated to inspecting the official hotel of the event. The FISU delegates looked at accommodation for the participants, catering places, offices etc. They also met with representatives of the WUC Organising Committee and the Linnaeus University. During the second day, the delegation inspected the sport venues, ceremonial places and other facilities. “The inspection visit was an important milestone for the Organising Committee to progress with our work. We have had valuable meetings with FISU representatives Dominque Frizza, Pauline Hamonic and Jing Zhao. Now, we look forward to welcoming university triathlon athletes from all over the world to Kalmar. The prerequisites for a good championship are the best thanks to the good cooperation between Kalmar Municipality, Linnaeus University, the Swedish Triathlon Association and the local associations,” said Cecilia Olsson, Secretary General of the Swedish University Sports Federation.

Kalmar, ready to host the FISU World University Triathlon Championship

Triathlon News - Thu, 05/10/2017 - 13:41
Everything is ready in the Swedish city of Kalmar to host the 2018 FISU World University Triathlon Championship next September. FISU and triathlon officials visited the city and the course this week, in order to have all checked well in advance. Kalmar is a beautiful coastal city surrounded by water and situated in the south-east of Sweden. The race will be disputed on September 1, in a Sprint format, and it will offer a city-integrated course which is flat and technical. It will include a 750-meter long swim course in the canal, a 20-kilometer long bike course and a 5 kilometer long running course. The race goes through the historical town of Kalmar, offering plenty of challenges for the athletes and a great way for the spectators to experience triathlon. The first day was dedicated to inspecting the official hotel of the event. The FISU delegates looked at accommodation for the participants, catering places, offices etc. They also met with representatives of the WUC Organising Committee and the Linnaeus University. During the second day, the delegation inspected the sport venues, ceremonial places and other facilities. “The inspection visit was an important milestone for the Organising Committee to progress with our work. We have had valuable meetings with FISU representatives Dominque Frizza, Pauline Hamonic and Jing Zhao. Now, we look forward to welcoming university triathlon athletes from all over the world to Kalmar. The prerequisites for a good championship are the best thanks to the good cooperation between Kalmar Municipality, Linnaeus University, the Swedish Triathlon Association and the local associations,” said Cecilia Olsson, Secretary General of the Swedish University Sports Federation.

Kalmar, ready to host the FISU World University Triathlon Championship

Triathlon News - Thu, 05/10/2017 - 13:41
Everything is ready in the Swedish city of Kalmar to host the 2018 FISU World University Triathlon Championship next September. FISU and triathlon officials visited the city and the course this week, in order to have all checked well in advance. Kalmar is a beautiful coastal city surrounded by water and situated in the south-east of Sweden. The race will be disputed on September 1, in a Sprint format, and it will offer a city-integrated course which is flat and technical. It will include a 750-meter long swim course in the canal, a 20-kilometer long bike course and a 5 kilometer long running course. The race goes through the historical town of Kalmar, offering plenty of challenges for the athletes and a great way for the spectators to experience triathlon. The first day was dedicated to inspecting the official hotel of the event. The FISU delegates looked at accommodation for the participants, catering places, offices etc. They also met with representatives of the WUC Organising Committee and the Linnaeus University. During the second day, the delegation inspected the sport venues, ceremonial places and other facilities. “The inspection visit was an important milestone for the Organising Committee to progress with our work. We have had valuable meetings with FISU representatives Dominque Frizza, Pauline Hamonic and Jing Zhao. Now, we look forward to welcoming university triathlon athletes from all over the world to Kalmar. The prerequisites for a good championship are the best thanks to the good cooperation between Kalmar Municipality, Linnaeus University, the Swedish Triathlon Association and the local associations,” said Cecilia Olsson, Secretary General of the Swedish University Sports Federation.

ITU Women’s Committee – Promoting Women in Triathlon – Case Study #2

Triathlon News - Thu, 05/10/2017 - 10:40
Equally Inspiring - Triathlon Ireland’s Women in Sport Strategy 2017-2021 In the summer of 2017, Triathlon Ireland launched its ‘Equally Inspiring’ initiative - a four-year strategy to empower women through the sport of triathlon. Triathlon has one of the highest female participation rates of all endurance sports in Ireland, with the number of women and girls taking part in our sport increasing by a massive 83% in the past four years.  But with female members making up 34% of the community of triathletes in Ireland, women and girls remain under-represented in our sport. The main pillars of Equally Inspiring strategy are: • Participation by encouraging and providing opportunities for women and girls to become involved in triathlon. • Leadership Development by developing strong leadership networks and initiatives that will empower women. The ITU recognises the important role that ‘builders’ play in empowering women through sport and with this in mind, part of Triathlon Ireland’s strategy focuses on Technical Officials (TO’s), Race Organisers and Volunteers. • Coaching by creating a female mentor scheme and network aimed at encouraging more women into coaching and the launch of a women-only coach training programme. As an example of the strategy in action, Triathlon Ireland has appointed additional women to its Technical Committee, which now has a female majority. New terms of reference have also been developed to ensure that there is always gender equality on the panel at all times. Find out more about Triathlon Ireland’s Equally Inspiring female participation strategy

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